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noun Computers.
  1. a microprogram stored in ROM, designed to implement a function that had previously been provided in software.
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Origin of firmware

First recorded in 1965–70; firm1 + (soft)ware
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Examples from the Web for firmware

Historical Examples of firmware

  • Just flash the firmware on a ten-dollar Radio Shack reader/writer and you're done.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for firmware


  1. computing a fixed form of software programmed into a read-only memory
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Word Origin and History for firmware


1968, from firm (adj.) + ending from software.

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